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New IRC Nick

Just an FYI- I'm testing out a new IRC nickname- eightyeight. I play the piano, of which I've done since a kid, and a number of friends through high school called me "eightyeight keys" or "eightyeight" for short. It stuck, and as such, I ended up getting a tattoo on my right shoulder with "88 KEYS" of my own design. Well, after trying out a few nicknames online, it hit me that "eightyeight" would be appropriate. I got the nick registered on Freenode as well as a few other servers I frequent. We'll see how it turns out. Just in case if you're wondering who "eightyeight" is.

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  1. Pit | August 23, 2008 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    For your information:


    As a Neo-Nazi symbol

    Eighty-eight is used as code among Neo-Nazis to identify each other. H is the 8th letter of the alphabet, so 88 is taken to stand for HH which in turn means Heil Hitler. For example, the number is used in the song "88 rock`n`roll band" by the neo-Nazi group Landser.14 is used similarly, referring to the so-called "Fourteen Words", often found in combination with 88 (1488, 14/88, etc.). This form of the number has inspired the naming of the groups Column 88, Unit 88 and White Legion 88.


  2. Aaron | August 23, 2008 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    @Pit- For your information:

    In Asian culture

    Eighty-eight (88) symbolizes fortune and good luck since the word 8 sounds similar to the word Fā (发, which implies 发财, or wealth, in Mandarin). The number 8 is considered to be the luckiest number of all in Chinese culture and prices in Chinese supermarkets can often be found containing many 8's, See Numbers in Chinese culture. The Chinese government has even been auctioning auto license plates containing many 8s for tens of thousands of dollars. The 2008 Beijing Olympics opened on 8/8/08 at 8 p.m.

    Furthermore, Chinese speakers also use 88 as a shorthand for "good bye" in SMS and IM chats; the mandarin pronunciation of 88 is "baba" which sounds like "bye bye".

    Everything on this world can be used for good or evil. Thanks for the link though! Very good.

  3. Nathan Dbb | August 25, 2008 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Like the movie "Kill Bill":

    [T]he Crazy 88 are a gang[.] Most members fight using katanas, but some also throw axes. [...] The Crazy 88 does not actually have eighty-eight members, but 44 members; Bill speculates that they adopted the name because it "sounded cool."

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